Pep Guardiola reportedly advises Laporta on who should replace Xavi

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Pep Guardiola reportedly advises Laporta on who should replace Xavi

It is believed by some sources in Spain that the race for Xavi's replacement has been reduced to two names — Roberto De Zerbi and Hansi Flick.

According to Esport analyst Xavi Valls, Pep Guardiola has advised Barca president to go after De Zerbi.

Pep's reason borders on De Zerbi's football ideology which mirrors Barca's DNA. The Italian manager is also hailed for his ability to develop young talent. This has been seen in his development of youngsters like Evan Ferguson, Julio Enciso, Moises Caicedo, Jack Hinshelwood to name a few.

The report claims Laporta is already in love with De Zerbi and has watched his team a few times. However, Brighton didn't do so well when Laporta watched.

Unlike Flick who is available for free, Barca will have to pay a severance fee worth around €15m to get De Zerbi in the summer. However, it is also possible he reaches an agreement with Brighton to let him go for free.

In his 379 matches as a manager across 7 different clubs, De Zerbi has won 158 games, lost 130 matches and drawn 91. It puts his point per game at 1.49.

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